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Should You 'Facebook' the Jury? Yes. No. Probably.

By Ben Hancock |

Social media is now a fixture in our lives. But court rules around researching jurors online still vary from state to state and judge to judge.

Terrence Allen

Pepper Hamilton Defections Mount as Akin Gump Adds Partner

By Rebecca Cohen |

Terrence Allen, who joined Pepper Hamilton’s Los Angeles office a year ago, is on the move again to Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld in nearby Orange County. Allen is the latest Pepper Hamilton partner to leave the firm so far this year.

Why Google Is Losing the Battle Over Foreign-Stored Data

By Ben Hancock |

Despite a legal victory for tech companies last year in the Second Circuit, a series of decisions has gone against Google.

The Kitty Hawk Flyer

Who Will Regulate Flying Cars?

By David Ruiz |

In a bid to make science fiction reality, companies in Silicon Valley and elsewhere are scrambling to come out with the first flying cars but there will be many regulatory obstacles to overcome before they are at your local dealer, these attorneys say.

U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer, Northern District of California

Breyer Denies Fee Motions in VW Diesel Fraud Case, But Opens Door for Lawyer to Seek Payment From Clients

By Amanda Bronstad |

The federal judge in the Volkswagen diesel emissions litigation has denied 244 motions for attorney fees but lifted an earlier injunction which had prevented law firms from suing their own clients for payment.

Todd Toral

Jenner & Block Bags DLA Piper's Cross-Border Litigation Chair

By Rebecca Cohen |

Todd Toral, chair of cross-border litigation for the Americas at DLA Piper, is joining Jenner & Block as a complex commercial litigation partner in Los Angeles.

Kathleen Sullivan of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan

Could Apple-Samsung Make a Supreme Court Encore?

By Scott Graham |

The Korean smartphone maker calls out Federal Circuit on obviousness, injunction standard, and its unusual handling of the proceedings.

Waymo driverless vehicle.

Federal Circuit Rejects 5th Amendment Plea in Driverless Car Feud

By Scott Graham |

The brief order puts the case back on track for two key hearings before Judge William Alsup in the next two weeks.

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, in the East Room of the White House in Washington.

As Trump Rails at Ninth Circuit, White House Eyes Vacancies

By Ross Todd |

While the president has taken to Twitter to air his complaints about the Ninth Circuit, the White House Counsel's Office is taking steps to fill four vacant seats on the court.

Downtown Cityscape Los Angeles, California, USA

Mayer Brown Brings on Sidley LA Real Estate Duo

By Rebecca Cohen |

Sidley Austin real estate partner M. Scott Cooper and counsel Daniel Liffmann in Los Angeles became the latest lawyers to leave the firm this year in Los Angeles—Sidley has two offices in the city—as they both joined Mayer Brown as partners.

Who's Suing Uber Now?: Lyft Drivers

By Ross Todd |

It's one thing for Uber Technologies to get sued by its competitors. It's another for the embattled ride-hailing company to get sued by its drivers. But in a new class action filed in federal court in San Francisco, Uber is getting sued on behalf of its competitor's drivers.

Airbnb Settles State Agency's Race-Discrimination Complaint

By Cheryl Miller |

Airbnb Inc. will institute anti-bias training for its employees and track how often guests of color are denied short-term rentals under terms of an agreement with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing announced Thursday.

Adobe Wins Ruling on Secret Record Requests From Feds

By Ross Todd |

Adobe Systems Inc. has won a First Amendment challenge to an indefinite gag order prohibiting the company from disclosing a U.S. government request for customer information stored in the cloud.

Edelson Lobs Privacy Suit at Data-Mining Firm Named in NYT Report

By Ross Todd |

Uber was its client, according to The New York Times. Now Slice Technologies Inc. is being sued under federal privacy laws that carry stiff statutory penalties.

New Chief Trial Counsel Is Named for California Bar

By Cheryl Miller |

Steven Moawad, a long time Bay Area prosecutor, has been named chief trial counsel for the California State Bar.

Waymo driverless vehicle.

Facing Injunction, Uber Tells Alsup About Sidelined Driverless Car Chief

By Ben Hancock |

Hoping to avoid a court order that would hobble its driverless car division, Uber Technologies Inc. on Friday told a federal judge that top engineer Anthony Levandowski is no longer heading that unit.

Waymo driverless vehicle.

Autonomous Vehicle Developers Warm to Latest DMV Rules

By Cheryl Miller |

California's Department of Motor Vehicles on Monday closed the public comment period on its proposed testing and deployment rules for driverless cars. On Tuesday it opened the doors to a public hearing on those rules. Dozens of manufacturers, software developers, insurers and interested residents showed up. Here are four takeaways.

Headquarters of Netflix

Legislation to Block a 'Netflix' Tax Is Shelved Amid Opposition

By Cheryl Miller |

A Southern California assemblyman on Monday shelved legislation that would have blocked cities from taxing streaming video services such as Netflix and Hulu.

Judge Vince Chhabria, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

Mixed Fruit in Strawberry Patent Ruling

By Scott Graham |

U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria says university and former professors might both be liable in fight over berry genotypes.

Waymo driverless vehicle.

What Tech, Insurers Told Calif. About Driverless Rules

By Cheryl Miller |

State regulators posted written comments submitted by 80 company executives and others involved in the fast-developing driverless vehicle industry. Here are some highlights from what some of the tech companies, vehicle manufacturers and insurance companies had to say.

Ex-Mayor Leaves Manatt For New Home at Hanson Bridgett

By Rebecca Cohen |

Hanson Bridgett has hired Manatt, Phelps & Phillips environmental and natural resources partner Kristina Lawson, a former mayor of Walnut Creek, California, as a partner for its land use practice in the San Francisco suburb.

Who's Suing Uber Now?: Lyft Drivers

By Ross Todd |